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Nimbus Fish Hatchery

salmon at Nimbus Fish Hatchery
Nimbus Fish Hatchery ponds

With the powerful swish of its tail, a brightly colored salmon jumps more than 20 steps to the top of the Nimbus Fish Hatchery ladder as the annual migration takes place each November. Since 1958, the Nimbus Fish Hatchery has been successfully providing mitigation for the loss of natural fish habitat.

An average salmon female has more than 5,000 eggs. The eggs are housed in the spawning building and the fish are raised until they are about 4 to 6 inches long. They are then released into the Sacramento River-San Joaquin Estuary. Steelhead are also raised at the hatchery and later released in the Sacramento River near Rio Vista.

The Visitor Center is open everyday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offers displays and tours. It is located at Hazel Avenue in Rancho Cordova, just off Highway 50. It is also an easy stop from the American River Bike Trail which runs adjacent to the hatchery. So, jump off the bike and enjoy the salmon experience.